Journal article

An assessment of the association between soil pH and ovine Johne's disease using Australian abattoir surveillance data

Brendan D Cowled, Mark A Stevenson, Ben Madin



There has long been discussion in the literature about the role of soil on ovine Johnes disease (OJD). This is especially true of soil pH, however there is very little research to support an association between pH and OJD prevalence. The primary objective of this study was to examine the hypothesis that there is an association between soil pH and OJD. Several additional hypotheses were also assessed. Sheep properties that were surveyed by the Australian National Sheep Health Monitoring Project where classified as OJD reactor positive or otherwise. A variety of explanatory variables such as soil (especially soil pH), environmental and management factors were examined. Spatial regression model..

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Funding Acknowledgements

AusVet Animal Health Services (employer of BC and BM) has previously conducted consultancy work for various organisations on management of OJD. Australian Wool Innovation Pty Ltd. funded this research. The NSW Farmers' Wool Committee prompted this research due to their interest in the relationship between soil pH and OJD.